Writer: Evan Daugherty, John Lee Hancock, Hossein Amini (Screenplay) Evan Daugherty (Story)
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin, Sam Spruell, Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, Nick Frost, Eddie Marsan, Toby Jones, Johnny Harris
Plot: When Queen Ravenna’s (Theron) power finds out the mirror states that Snow White (Stewart) is now the fairest of them all. After Snow White escapes the kingdom the queen sends the Huntsman (Hemsworth) after her. After he locates her he ends up fighting to protect her from all of the evil Queen’s forces and army’s. Upon meeting the dwarfs Snow White has a new group of soldiers to help her take back the kingdom that is rightfully hers.
Verdict: Dark action packed spin on the classic fairy tale.
Story: We all know the basic outline story to Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, this shakes things up. We have warriors in the huntsman and the dwarfs are not happy singing miners but fighters. In the end it tries to take some of the magic out the story and replace it with more fighting. (7/10)
Actor Review: Kristen Stewart – Snow White at her, not so best. She is locked away for years before running away before building an army to take back her throne. Fresh of the back of the Twilight film Kristen is an ‘it’ girl as studios know she can sell seats. This doesn’t mean she is a good actress and this proves it, she starts well but when her character changes she doesn’t. Poor Performance Award (5/10)
Actor Review: Chris Hemsworth – The alcoholic huntsman who has lost his wife leaving him with nothing to fight for. Snow white gives him a chance to fight for something again. Shows he has some acting skill behind his muscles can put together some great fight scenes and continues to grow a good reputation in the business. Action Star Award, Kick Ass Award, Lesley’s Stud Muffin Award (8/10)
Actor Review: Charlize Theron – The evil queen who wants to stay young forever and has succeed in achieve this for years until Snow White gets in the way of her next attempt she stops at nothing to get her back. Charlize shines in this role and you know that she is a great actress who steals the show here. Star Performance Award, Scene Stealer Award, Babe Watch Award (9/10)
Actor Review: Sam Claflin – Long lost brother of Snow White who goes into hiding when Ravenna takes over the kingdom. He comes out fighting once he learns that she is still alive. This is a much better performance from the young actor but still has a lot to learn to be a dominant presence on screen. (6/10)
Director Review: Rupert Sanders – In this directorial debut he has a lot to work with and manages to put together a good film without it being great. (7/10)
Action: Some good fight scenes. (8/10)
Fantasy: Using some good fantasy elements throughout. (7/10)
Special Effects: Some good effects used to show some aging on Ravenna and creations to be used in the fight scene. (7/10)
Believability: Good fairy tale and that is it. (0/10)
Chances of Tears: No (0/10)
Settings: Fantasy world works very nicely for this setting. (8/10)
Oscar Chances: Got nominated for two Oscars.
Chances of Sequel: There is one in the works.
Suggestion: It is a good action adventure but I think it is fair to say nothing is truly stand out here so if you like the genre you will enjoy the film but maybe it won’t be the first one you pick up to watch. (TV Viewing)
Best Part: Charlize’s performance
Worst Part: Snow White’s painful motivation speech.
Overall: Fantasy Tale that doesn’t shine too much
Lesley’s Rating 90%
My Rating 73%